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Class-action suit proposed vs. Hyundai, Kia

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CHICAGO — Auto consumers filed a legal complaint against Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. over the weekend in response to the South Korean automakers’ announcement that they provided inaccurate fuel consumption information for more than 1.07 million vehicles sold in the United States and Canada.

The proposed class-action lawsuit, filed Sunday in U.S. District Court in southern Ohio, seeks to include people who own or lease vehicles made by Seoul, South Korea-based Hyundai Motor Co., Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Hyundai Motor America, Seoul-based Kia Motors Corp. and Irvine, Calif.-based Kia Motors America Inc. that included a manufacturer’s sticker listing overstated gas mileage estimates and inaccurate fuel-economy rating information.

The automakers blamed "procedural errors at (their) joint testing operations in Korea" for the incorrect fuel consumption ratings.

The disclosure was made after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducted an audit of fuel consumption ratings for the affected vehicles.

Both companies plan to reimburse affected current and former vehicle owners to cover the additional fuel costs associated with the fuel consumption rating change. Each customer will receive a prepaid credit card that will reimburse them for their difference in the combined fuel consumption rating, based on the average fuel price in their region and their own actual mileage driven. The carmakers are adding 15 percent on top of that to address inconveniences.

The lawsuit didn’t specify the amount of damages the plaintiffs will seek.

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